Upholstery can quickly go from stunning and vibrant to dull and lifeless in no time at all if you are not careful and provide the proper care the upholstery needs. Like the carpets, rugs, and other flooring options and everything else in your home, without dutiful tending, spot cleaning, preventative maintenance, and regular professional treatments, your upholstery simply isn’t going to last in optimal condition. With that in mind, we at Eco Clean Carpet Cleaning would like to offer some tips and advice on how you can extend the life of your upholstery.
Upholstery Fabric Durability
Depending on the quality of the upholstery, upholstered furniture can last anywhere between seven and 15 years. Saving the favorite sofa or chair from the daily wear for even five years can be challenging. The fabric on the upholstery can be impacted by a variety of elements in most households; exposure to dust, dirt, and debris, human sweat, pet hair/fur and dander, pet accidents, food and beverage spills, additional chemicals and other agent spills, as well as dryness and humidity levels and if it has direct contact with the sunlight. Additional influences can affect the condition of your upholstery as well.
How to Clean & Care for Fabric Couches
Below are a few tips and advice on proper care and preventative actions you can do to preserve the vibrancy of your upholstery.
1) Vacuum Sofas. At least once a week, more so if you have the time to spare, the surfaces from top to bottom and surrounding areas of a cushion should be vacuumed down with the vacuum’s hose and applicable attachments. Soils, such as dirt, dust, allergens and other debris accumulate on the surface, and as people sit on the upholstered furnishings, it penetrates below the surface. These particles are known to expedite deterioration and make the fabric look dull. With routine vacuuming you can keep the upholstery young.
2) Rotate Couch Cushions. More often than not, the cushions are reversible; if you have that option, every time you vacuum, rotate the cushions to even out the wear and avoid divots.
3) Remove Pet Hair. If you have pets, whether or not they are allowed on the furniture or not, have a lint brush or dish glove handy to routinely collect the pet hair and dander because it acts much like dirt and debris by increasing the wear.
4) Avoid Keeping Upholstery in Sunlight. If your upholstery is in full contact of the sun throughout any part of the day, ensure the blinds, curtains, or other treatments block the sun during the peak hours because the sun’s rays, over constant exposure, will lighten the colors and patterns of your fabric.
5) Research Sofa Cleaning Needs. As you buy new furniture, be sure to read the tag and find out how the upholstery needs to be cleaned and pre-treated as well as what products to avoid.
6) Professional Upholstery Cleaning. Once a year, or more frequently as needed, the upholstery should be professionally cleaned to remove any dust and debris the vacuum couldn’t extract, remove any spots and stains as well as neutralize odors.